It was about time I got Joltin’ Joe in on Monday.
Taking a look at DiMaggio’s stats, I was impressed by one thing. Every year he played in the majors, he was on the All-Star team and all but one year, he was in the running for the MVP (the lowest he got in the voting was 19th).
This card was from his 1937 campaign, his second season in his career. He already was making a splash with big numbers bating .346. He led the AL with 151 runs and 46 homeruns. Not only that, he reached the 400 mark in total bases with 418. Only 11 players have had more TB in one season (it amazes me that Luis Gonzalez is one of them).
APBA rewarded him with indeed a Monster Card. He has power numbers through 55 with 1-1-3-5-5-6. Watch out with a runner on second base. APBA added two sevens, two eights and two nines though it is interesting that they “skipped” the 42 and put a 14 there instead.
For a power hitter, DiMaggio was not a free-swinger. In his career, he struck out only 369 times in 6821 at-bats. His 1937 season was was one of his worst years for striking out (37 times) but that only calculates to two 13s as far as APBA is concerned. Interesting that one of those 13s is located at the 14.
I’m not a Red Sox fan, but personally, I’ve always harbored a grudge against DiMaggio who ‘stole’ Ted Williams’ MVP in 1941. Williams wasn’t good with the press and DiMaggio thrived under the lights. But honestly, I can’t deny DiMaggio’s talent and consistency. It didn’t take long for him to get noticed either.